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Jeff Sessions stepped down Nov. 7 as U.S. attorney general, ending a tenure marked by near-constant pushback from faith communities that opposed his policies and his attempts to defend them with Scripture. Read more

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On the question of how the United States should treat newcomers, annual conferences proclaimed a common message: Keep families together, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

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Three Native Americans – two of them United Methodist clergy – pray outside the facility for the welfare of detained children housed in the Casa Padre Child Detention Center in Brownsville, Texas Read more

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Alabama-West Florida Conference leaders determined that the complaints brought against the U.S. attorney general referred to actions related to the performance of his public service, not personal behaviors. Read more

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United Methodists from the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference conducted morning prayer as an act of public witness at the Federal Detention Center near SeaTac in Washington State. Read more

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Western Jurisdiction groups have notified annual conferences of resources available to help immigrant families. Read more

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United Methodist leaders welcomed news of the halt of the Trump Administration's policy of separating immigrant families, but cautioned that the church needs to continue working for "compassionate and just" immigration reform. Read more

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Is this a Bonhoeffer or Selma moment for Christians and other believers to stand up to American brutality? wonders the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The U.S. immigration crisis hasn't ended with the halt of family separations, and United Methodist witness is still needed to get Congress to adopt compassionate laws, writes the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe. Read more

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Even though President Trump has signed an executive order halting family separations at the U.S. border, Michigan United Methodists urge continued action on behalf of immigrants. Read more

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The bishops "call upon United Methodists to be public witnesses regarding the plight and conditions of these children." Read more

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American Christians are unable or unwilling to grasp the idea that even their own nation will be judged by God for how well it takes care of the most vulnerable people, writes the Rev. Taylor Mertins. Read more

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Awaiting the outcome of her husband's heart surgery, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas reflects on how she and her family enjoy life stability that the United States is denying to immigrant families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more

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The Rev. Bill Steward points out that in times of oppression, liberation often begins with the spiritual encouragement of reading the Psalms. Read more

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An ad hoc group of some 600 laity and clergy have formally filed church complaints against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he has violated United Methodist law as a member. Read more

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The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, head of United Methodism's social-action arm, calls Attorney General Jeff Sessions' defense of immigrant family separations a "shocking" misinterpretation of scripture and urges calls to halt the practice. Read more

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Outraged by changes in immigration policies and the separation of immigrant children from their families, America's Catholic bishops look at responses ranging from public protests all the way to excommunication. Read more

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United Methodists have begun crying out against the "zero tolerance" policy that separates immigrant children from their parents. Read more

Author, activist and former pastor Brian D. McLaren finds evidence of the mistreatment of immigrant children and calls on the U.S. government to investigate abuse he finds as severe as that of Abu Ghraib. Read more

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